Williams sweeps Hamilton in baseball doubleheader
The Hamilton College Continentals lost both ends of a NESCAC West Division doubleheader against the Williams College Ephs at Williams' Bobby Coombs Field on Sunday afternoon.
Game one box score | Game two box score
The Ephs (10-14, 6-5 NESCAC West) won game one 2-1 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning and rallied for a 6-3 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Continentals (9-14, 2-9 NESCAC West) tied the score 1-1 in the top of the seventh after being blanked on four hits through the first six innings.
Robert Morris ’17 beat out an infield single and Ryan Wolfsberg ’17 singled through the right side with one out. After pinch-runner Jared Friedberg '16 stole second, the Ephs intentionally walked Joe Jensen ’15 to load the bases. Williams couldn’t make a play on a ground ball to shortstop by Kenny Collins ’17 that brought Morris home with the tying run. Collins led the Continentals with three of their seven hits.
The Ephs loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with Jack Roberts and David Rosas ’16 singling before Matt Kastner ’14 was hit by a pitch. Hamilton’s JJay Lane ’15 picked up the second out of the inning on an infield groundout but Roberts scored the winning run on an infield hit by Thomas Stephens ’14. Lane (1-4) threw his team-leading third complete game and struck out two batters.
Jack Cloud ’17 drove in Williams' first run with a single two batters after Luke Pierce ’15 tripled to right center. Thomas Murphy ’15 fanned eight Continentals in the complete-game win and improved to 4-2 on the year.
In the second game, Hamilton scored three times in the fourth inning to wrest the lead from Williams before the Ephs scored in each of their last three at-bats.
Three straight extra-base hits in the fourth inning led the Continentals back from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead. Collins walked with one out and scored on a triple by Wolfsberg. Steve LaRochelle ’14 and Andrew Haser ’17 followed with doubles to put Hamilton ahead, 3-2.
Rosas singled in the tying run for Williams in the bottom of the sixth, driving a pitch up the middle to plate Roberts, who had tripled down the right field line. An inning later, Stephens scored an unearned run after doubling with two outs. The Ephs sealed the win with a pair of eighth-inning runs as Roberts and Pierce contributed run-scoring singles. Stephens had three of the Ephs’ 13 hits and Roberts, Rosa and Pierce added two each.
Williams’ Steve Marino ’14 pitched a nine-inning complete game for the win. He faced just one batter over the minimum in the last five innings, allowing two base runners but picking off one to squelch a Hamilton threat.
Game three of the NESCAC West Division series will be played Friday, May 9, at Williams. The Continentals are scheduled to host SUNY Oneonta at DeLutis Field in Rome for a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Williams hosts Union College on Tuesday afternoon.